In response to the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak in Qatar and the directive from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education (MOEHE), ISL Qatar campus is currently closed until further notice. Our school remains operational through our online learning system.
It is crucial that we continue to focus on inquiry, collaboration and connection while continuously design learning experiences that are not dependent on physical space as we move into the virtual learning space. In order to guarantee that our students are comfortable in their new environment, we have created the Online Learning Procedures.
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Message from the Head of School
These are interesting times, and the closure of schools in Qatar certainly presents some challenges to us all. However, I believe that through well-designed learning experiences we can overcome the difficulties of the students not coming to school and meeting face to face with the teachers.
It is very clear that learning does not have to stop because students and teachers are not physically in the same building. Indeed, what we have already seen at ISL Qatar is that the teachers have been involved in a huge amount of learning themselves as they consider what a ‘passion for learning’ looks like when it is happening entirely online. I have seen a tremendous amount of collaboration, across grade levels and subject areas, as the teachers have worked together sharing their knowledge of internet resources, software or websites that they may have already used successfully. We have all been required to consider how we can harness the power of the internet to create great learning experiences when the school is closed to the students. At the same time, teachers are being challenged to consider their role as facilitator’s of learning rather than as the holder of knowledge.
While we are clearly facing a difficult situation, I do believe that the teachers of ISL Qatar can make this situation work to the benefit of the students, and that with your support we can create something positive. However, and as I have mentioned before, it is extremely important that we maintain good communication between the school, the parents, and the students. We do realise that the coming days will be equally difficult for parents until routines and expectations are established. It is extremely important that you do let us know if there are any issues that you need assistance with. Please feel free to contact the ISL Qatar IT support team, Teachers, the Primary and Secondary School Leadership teams, or myself at any point that you feel that we can help you with problems that you or your children are facing. Of course, it would also be nice to hear from you if you have any positive feedback to share with us.
Video conferencing adds a new dimension of interaction and communication that was previously unavailable in the online learning environment. The increased interactions and synchronous learning environment promoted by video conferencing address the need for increased human interaction often experienced by online learners. However, video conferencing brings with it additional challenges both in terms of learning and safeguarding.
Gunga and Ricketts (2006) found that online learning can compete with face-to-face learning in richness in terms of psychosocial and emotional flexibility, however, systems in place need to compensate for the sensory and emotional loss of the classroom experience and facilitators need to consider a range of design elements. These include:
Assigning specific roles to students, including where appropriate assigning students to lead different aspects of the learning
Setting time limits
Designing and creating thought-provoking questions that will elicit a range of answers
Students will also need to embrace the potential of this virtual learning environment. The following guidelines will support this development:
Remember you are on camera and live. The advantage of video conferencing is that you can take advantage of facial expressions, inflection, and tone of voice. Remember to think before you respond to make your thoughts and ideas clear and coherent to the video conferencing participants.
Adhere to the same standards of behaviour during the video conferencing session that you would follow in the classroom. It would be recommended to develop a set of essential agreements for online classrooms.
Be mindful of all video conferencing participants. Allow other participants time and opportunities to contribute to the discussion and share their ideas with the group.
Be mindful of your tone and expressions during the video conferencing session. This is not an anonymous session. Your voice and video are viewed by all who are participating in the chat session, and others in the room who may not be visible on the screen.
Be prepared to share your ideas and listen to those of others.
Respect the context of the video conferencing session. Stay on task.
Be forgiving of mistakes during the video conferencing session, both in terms of technology and other participants.
Parents will be informed that the video conferencing will take place, by the leadership team, and notified of the hours within which this will take place (07:30 to 14:30). No live video conferencing should take place outside of school hours.
All parents, teachers or students have the option of selecting audio only.
Students should be situated at an appropriate learning space, dressed appropriately and ready for work.
The teacher should be at all times professional, positive and supportive.
Please be aware that conversations regarding the house, surroundings or students personal belongings can be seen as intrusive into personal space.
Teachers should protect their own personal data and remove all possible ways of a student seeing them on other platforms or social media.
Teachers should only use the platforms provided by the school, including school email accounts for contacting the students.
If the teacher is going to use video-conferencing for any of their lessons, they will send a link or an invitation to the student, which will lead them to a web based platform (Microsoft Teams or Zoom) which does not require any pre-loaded applications.
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To facilitate an inclusive digital home learning environment, the ISL IT department has extended its services to support home learning. With immediate effect – parents and students are invited to use this service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Your email message will be read by our helpdesk team and assigned to the appropriate expert.
Our experts have access to remote support tools in case hands-on help is needed. Please note we can currently only remotely access Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac devices. At this time, we are unable to connect to tablets or mobile phones remotely.
Through the initial home e-learning period, and during school hours, we will respond to all email message within an hour. This target allows us to assign the appropriate expert to further follow up with you. Further down the line, we aim to extend our service by offering telephone support and basic out-of-hours technical support. We will keep you informed on these plans.